It's that time again: Time for another new issue
of Aphelion. This
issue is dedicated to an online friend whose untimely passing has
affected myriad SF and Filk fans world-wide. So before we begin, let us
all raise a glass in toast to the memory of Frank Gasperik, SMOF, Bard,
Hero, and SF Fan Extraordinaire. To Frank! Rest in peace, old friend.
You are at last reunited with your loving wife, Peggy. You made our
lives richer, and helped feed the imaginations of a multitude. We'll
miss you, you stubborn old goat!
is a link to a web page over on the Larry Niven fan site that
dedicated to Frank and Peggy. There is another page with video and
audio links here
to some of Frank's work. Also, here
is a page of memories
posted by some of his closest friends. Bill Warren is working on a
sculpture that will reside in the LASFS clubhouse. In part,
the inscription will read:
FRANK GASPERIK, 1942 - 2007
PRESENT BUT NOT VOTING
DEATH WILL NOT RELEASE YOU!
In other news: I have to offer thanks to Kevin Che
of Penguin Books,
and SF writer L. Neil Smith for giving me the kick-start I needed to
resume doing the Aphelion Reviews section. Kevin and Neil provided me
with some books that I couldn't resist reviewing. So look out, world.
Vila is back! Those of you who have sent books that have failed to
appear in the reviews section will be pleased to find out that I will
get to them in the near future. They may be late, but they will appear!
The yearly Aphelion party was a grand success,
though fewer people were
able to attend. Much fun was had by all, much food was consumed, many
tales told, and old friendships renewed. Next year, the location may
change. Keep your eyes peeled here for updates o the plans for
ApheliCon 4! And start making plans for a trek back to Casa Vila this
year. In November, I will be throwing myself a small Birthday Bash.
After all, I'll only turn 50 once, so I better make the most of it!
In roughly eight weeks time, Lindsey and I will be
Tennessee to attend LibertyCon 20. Anyone planning to attend should
drop us an e-mail so that we can meet up. I'd love to meet more
Aphelion readers and writers in person. That's the last weekend of
July, so you haven't got much time to make plans.
Bill Warren, the pro artist who contributed last
issue's cover art, has
asked Lyn and I to consider going to a small Con in Montana next year.
The plans are a bit vague at present, but if everything works out I'd
be a minor guest speaker in a panel on e-publishing. We'll have to see
if transport can be afforded, but I'm hopeful that something can be
worked out. I think it would be fun to do. Bill has also suggested a
new Shared Universe Series here in Aphelion. The series would be based
on the Aphelion 1 & 2 spacecraft of the Mars Lander &
System Explorer missions portrayed in Bill's cover art. Bill would like
to see some hard science stories spun off from his artwork for last
month. The rules would be few, the possibilities many, and the series
would be open to everyone. So start thinking about how you can be
inspired to try your hand in a new series. I'll work up a very simple
series bible and let you know when it goes online.
I'm pleased to announce that Larissa March was the
winner of the first
Fiction writing contest over in the Aphelion LetterCol
This is a new Forum feature that is organized by
Nate Kailhofer. Plans are to find a way to feature the winning stories
over here in the main part of Aphelion. These plans have yet to be
finalized, but we're all discussing how to best present it. If you
aren't yet a member of the forum, please do join up. If you are, please
post more often. Remember, the forum is where the writers look to for
constructive criticism on their work each issue. Without your comments,
they never know what they got right or wrong. They need your comments.
Remember, your comment might be just what it takes to give one of our
writers that final shove to making their first professional sale. You
can make a difference. So please join in and post comments on the
stories in each issue.
Well, I ought to shut up now. I think I've
blathered on quite long enough.